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The Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation: Identifying practices and policies to increase access to high-quality teachers

By Sara Mitrano | December 14, 2021

REL Midwest looks back on five years of partnership work to improve teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention practices in Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana.


New REL Midwest study reveals leaks in Indiana’s teacher pipeline

By Sara Mitrano | March 1, 2021

A new report from REL Midwest analyzes the characteristics of and outcomes for students who pursued an education major in Indiana’s teacher preparation programs.


Actionable district strategies to build a diverse teacher workforce and foster educational equity

By Maggi Ibis | February 22, 2021

REL Midwest researchers are working with district leaders in Racine, Wisconsin, to conduct continuous improvement cycles that advance recruitment and retention strategies to create a more diverse teacher workforce.


Resource roundup: Culturally responsive practices

By Cora Goldston | October 28, 2020

National conversations related to social justice and antiracism reinforce the importance of culturally responsive education. Browse these resources from across the REL network for evidence-based recommendations to support culturally responsive practices.


Training and coaching resources to support evidence-based practice, the growth of educators and leaders, and student outcomes

By Maggi Ibis | September 28, 2020

Check out our growing collection of training and coaching resources, featuring strategies and tools that support the use of research in practice in areas such as educator effectiveness and teacher preparation.


Building a diverse teacher workforce through a robust inquiry, planning, and implementation process

By Joni Wackwitz | July 24, 2020

When teachers reflect students’ racial/ethnic and cultural background, the results can be powerful. Learn how REL Midwest is supporting Lansing School District in building a diverse teacher workforce.


Charting new teachers’ trajectories: Reporting statistics on educator preparation program completers

By Cora Goldston | March 25, 2020

REL Midwest provided coaching to the Michigan Department of Education on reporting teacher certification, employment, and retention statistics for each of the state’s educator preparation programs.


New report helps education leaders pinpoint and address teacher shortages

By Cora Goldston | September 19, 2019

REL Midwest’s new report explores teacher supply and demand trends in Michigan. Read our blog post to learn about the key findings.


A passion for partnerships rooted in evidence: Meet Dan Frederking

By Laura Checovich | September 19, 2019

Meet REL Midwest’s newest partnership facilitator, who is working with the Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation to improve district supports for new teachers in Michigan.


Resource roundup: Strengthening and supporting the teacher workforce

By Maggi Ibis | September 19, 2019

Looking for resources on developing a high-quality, stable, and diverse teacher workforce? Browse this collection of curated resources from across the REL network.


Focusing on retention to build an effective and stable teaching workforce

By Marguerite Huber | May 20, 2019

The Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation is concentrating on retention in the early years of teaching to build an effective and stable teaching workforce in Michigan.


Collaborating on the skills new teachers need to succeed

By Marguerite Huber | January 17, 2019

In Michigan, REL Midwest brought together K–12 educators and staff at educator preparation institutions to discuss shared expectations for new teachers.


Resource roundup: Back to school

By Joni Wackwitz | August 6, 2018

Gear up for a new school year with these curated resources from across the REL Program and the What Works Clearinghouse.


Documentary casts light on novice teacher experience

Emily Kirkwood | May 18, 2018

A 2017 documentary from REL Midwest and Detroit Public Television explores research and real stories from Michigan on the novice teacher experience.


Resource roundup: Preparing new teachers

Marguerite Huber | May 18, 2018

REL Midwest curated a list of teacher preparation resources, including research reports, blogs, webinars, and toolkits.


Exploring the potential of teacher residencies

Natalya Gnedko-Berry | April 12, 2018

The Michigan Department of Education partnered with REL Midwest to conduct two trainings that introduced local stakeholders to teacher residency models and the program characteristics associated with positive outcomes.


Challenges and opportunities in building a teacher-residency program

Anne Tapp | April 12, 2018

Read how a university created and implemented its teacher residency program to respond to teacher shortage problems, with support along the way from REL Midwest.


Ask A REL resource roundup

Marguerite Huber | March 22, 2018

Look no further than the Ask A REL reference desk for your education research questions. Check out this compilation of our most recent Ask A REL responses across a variety of topics.


Alliance member snapshot: Leah Breen of the Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation

February 20, 2018

This video provides an overview of the Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation and its important work in Michigan, as described by alliance member Leah Breen.


Top 7 facts about REL Midwest in 2017

Meredith Lukow | November 20, 2017

For a by-the-numbers overview of the year, check out these top facts you should know about Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest’s work in 2017.


Michigan Department of Education seeks to create a plan to expand clinically oriented teacher preparation programs in the state with REL Midwest training

Sarah Rand | October 18, 2017

Clinically oriented teacher preparation programs, often referred to as teacher residencies, provide teacher candidates with opportunities to develop instructional skills by working in the classroom under the direction of an experienced teacher.


Culturally responsive instruction: Best practices and supports

Cora Goldston | September 19, 2017

This is the second article in a three-part blog series. In this series, Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest takes an...


Meet the Alliance Member: Leah Breen

Cora Goldston | May 24, 2017

Leah Breen is a member of MAITP and serves as the director of the Office of Professional Preparation Services at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Breen is no stranger to REL Midwest–she was a member of the...


Partners use interactive workshops to establish research agenda

Sarah Rand | May 24, 2017

At REL Midwest, our researchers work with practitioners—state education agency staff, teachers, principals, and school administrators—to figure what is important...

New projects investigate teacher pipeline and residency programs

Emily Loney | May 24, 2017

REL Midwest will lead two projects in 2017 that support the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)'s focus on ensuring equitable access to effective teachers...


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